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Awesome Con is Washington DC’s Comic Con! Awesome Con is a celebration of geek culture, bringing over 70,000 fans together with their favorite stars from across comics, movies, television, toys, games, and more! And just like DC, we’re smart, family-friendly, and inclusive – as Awesome Con is home to:
  • The Science Fair, an area of Awesome Con exploring where science and science fiction meet!
  • The Book Fair, an area of Awesome Con dedicated to authors and book dragons alike!
  • Awesome Con Jr, an all-ages destination for the next generation of fans
  • Pride Alley, a celebration of queer creators and fans curated by GeeksOUT
We are following all CDC and local venue guidelines to promote a safe experience for all who attend.

Awesome Con celebrates its 10th Anniversary June 16 – 18, 2023

(Hours Subject to Change)

Exhibit Hall, Artists Alley, and Autographing:
Friday, June 3rd 1:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday, June 4th 10:00am to 7:00pm
Sunday, June 5th 10:00am to 5:00pm

Panels, Screenings, Gaming, and Special Events:
Friday, June 3rd 1:00pm to 10:00pm
Saturday, June 4th 10:00am to 10:00pm
Sunday, June 5th 10:00am to 5:00pm

Awesome Con was founded by Ben Penrod in 2013. It is currently part of the LeftField Media family and is currently run by the teams behind Anime NYC, Anime Frontier, and Rose City Comic Con.

Badges for Awesome Con will be available soon.

Kids ages 3-10 need a ticket to attend Awesome Con. The Kids pass is good for children aged 3 to 10 years old, and it is valid for all three days at Awesome Con. Ages 1-2 are not required to have a ticket.

Awesome Con Jr. is the place on the exhibit floor for families and kids within Awesome Con.

That is up to you to decide. In general, if you would allow your child to go to the mall or an amusement park without adult supervision, they are probably ok to be at Awesome Con on their own. This is up to you, as children at these ages have a wide range in maturity.

Please understand that unattended minors will be subject to the same rules as adults if they break any of our policies or any laws while at the con.

Infants and young children MUST be supervised at all times, and Awesome Con does not currently offer any babysitting services. Here’s some info from the DC government on this topic:

Yes! Badges purchased prior to the TBA Mailing Deadline will be mailed.


If you have a problem with your tickets, please contact

If you did not order prior to the Badge Mailing Deadline (or if your order was Returned to Sender) you can pick it up at the show! Simply bring your confirmation to onsite Registration (either printed or on your phone) and they will scan your QR code.

Yes, you can totally upgrade your badge BEFORE the Mailing Deadline! Here’s how:

  • Go to
  • Click on the words “Sign In“ at the top
  • Click on “My Tickets”
  • Click on “Click here to sign up” (If you don’t already have an account)
  • Create a new account using the same email address you used to purchase your tickets
  • Verify your email address and sign in to your account
  • Click on your name in the top right
  • Select “My Orders”

From there you will see the option to Upgrade, Swap (downgrade), or edit your personal information.

If you have a problem with your tickets, please contact

We have medical wristbands available for those with disabilities that allows entrance to sessions first, assuming the line has not already been capped due to capacity. You may pick up your medical wristband at any information booth at the show. Medical wristbands must be picked up at the show. They are not mailed.

If you need ASL interpretation, please fill out our request form (coming soon!). On-site requests may not be able to be accommodated.

For more information, see our accessibility page.

Sorry, the benefits of a Premium badge or Guest Specific Premium badge only apply to one person. If you have a friend or another family member who also wants the perks of the Premium pass, they will need to purchase one as well.

There are a couple of nuances, though… Epic Photo Ops allows more than more person in a photo op, so your photo op guest may use your Jump-the-Line privilege with you in this case.

Additionally, children 10 and under with an Awesome Con Jr. badge can wait in line with you at Premium events, however, they will not receive other Premium benefits such as photo ops and autographs.

Club Awesome is by far the awesomest way to experience the con. Club Awesome and Club Awesome Reserve memberships entitle you to tons of amazing perks! You can read all about them here!

Celebrity and creator guests are announced regularly! For more info, check out the guest page.

Most guests appear for all three days, but we also list the specific days they will be attending on our guest page.

There will be one released closer to the June 16th event.

Typically, yes, but not always. The signing of personal items is done at the guests’ discretion and may require an additional charge at their booth.

Sometimes yes, sometimes no. It is up to each guest. Sometimes we will know in advance , but your best bet is to ask at their table.

Most of our celebrity guests sell professional photo ops—taken under professional lighting and in front of a backdrop—by our partner, Epic Photo Ops, Minutes after the photo is taken, you will receive a printed copy. Yes, this is super fun.

For more info on photo ops, see our policies page.

Once they go on sale, you can view autograph and photo ops pricing and pre-purchase via the Epic Photo Ops website. If you have an issue with your purchase, please contact Epic Photo Ops directly for assistance.

If the celebrity autograph or photo op you’re looking for is not listed for pre-purchase, they may have requested to sell onsite only.

Costumes and cosplay are totally welcome at Awesome Con! We love our cosplayers and love to see your creativity. However, we do have some policies you should be aware of if you’re cosplaying for the convention. You can read our policy in full here!

Absolutely. You can read all about our harassment policy here.

Information on press registration can be found on our press page.

There is complimentary wifi in the “Convention Center Connect” Lounges located in the Grand Lobby, Concourse A, Concourse B, Metro Entrance, L Street Entrance near rooms 156 and 140, across from 143C, Uptown Cafe and Downtown Cafe, and 2nd and 3rd floor Wing seating areas.

We offer special discounts on hotels in the DC area. They will sell out, so we recommend booking as soon as they become available!

You sure can! Check out our Artist Alley and Exhibitor space options here!

We’re always looking for new, interesting, and fun programming! Fill out an application here!